Director’s Welcome

Gary Crippin

Dear Prospective Parents,

As the director of EAS I am happy to introduce you to our growing and exciting schools. As teachers and administrators we are pleased with the advances we made last year and with our plans for the future. This brochure and our website are designed to give you a clear overview of our academic and co-curricular activities at all levels of the school.

As Director I am proud of our sense of community that has been created and nurtured among students, teachers and parents in our school. In addition, I am proud of our challenging curriculum which looks to develop the whole child both academically and socially. Our course of study in both divisions is based on the International Baccalaureate recognized for its excellence worldwide combined with the necessary Azerbaijani educational standards which allow students to attend top university abroad or locally.

The primary program will continue to develop the quality of our PYP program with a special emphasis on building our arts offerings and English language learning programs. In the secondary we will be refining our programs in grades 5-7 on the IB Middle Years program model while retaining the IGCSE in grades 8 and 9. Students at this level will have new choices in the arts, foreign languages and Design and Technology. In the IB Diploma Program (grades 10 and 11) we hope to repeat our excellent results of last year and in addition we are adding new offerings in Science, and the social sciences as well as the Arts.

With only one track in the secondary we will be offering intensive English language support as well as support for students with learning difficulties as well as for those who are not Azerbaijani speakers.

In addition, I would draw attention to the quality of our teaching staff. Well-trained international teachers work hand-in-hand with our excellent local staff to provide a truly quality education. We are demanding as of this next school year that all local teachers teaching in English must have a B2 or C1 language qualification.

Besides our academic programs we offer an array of student activities and clubs. Our sports programs for boys and girls are growing rapidly and we now compete with many schools in our local area. Students also have participated in knowledge Olympiads, the Model United Nations program and the European Youth Parliament. We also have summer English language camps both in Baku and abroad and will look to continue our participation in Space Camp Turkey.

We have also seen a significant increase in our technology and Library resources at EAS. Our student IPad program in the Primary and the secondary Bring Your Device (BYOD) initiatives are is only two of important examples. The school also provides personnel to assist teachers to fully implement these resources in their classroom teaching at all levels.

In closing, let me once again extend my warm welcome to EAS. A review of our curriculum guide will give you a more detailed understanding of our curriculum. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact me or one of our principals.

Dr. Gary Crippin

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